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#BeeWell Wednesday: December newsletter

The #BeeWell survey window closes for 2023! 

Over the past two and a half months, the #BeeWell survey has been rolled out to schools across Greater Manchester and for the first time in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS). We have been so grateful for the fantastic support of schools and young people this year, and we can now announce the early data on this year’s survey numbers! 

  • 22,000 young people in Years 8 and 10 have taken part for the first time ever across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. 
  • In Greater Manchester, 17,000 Year 10 pupils took part in the #BeeWell survey – meaning we will have an incredible insight into how young people’s wellbeing has changed as they have become older over the past three years; 
  • This means that more than 280 schools have taken part in #BeeWell since we launched in 2021! 
  • And, Alternative Provisions and Pupil Referral Units can still take part with an extended deadline of the 15th December 2023. 

 

Join our renewed call for a consistent wellbeing survey in response to the latest PISA Report 

Yesterday, the latest PISA Report revealed that the average life satisfaction of young people in the UK is the second lowest in the OECD. In response to these figures, we’re renewing our call to make young people’s wellbeing everybody’s business. Join us by raising awareness on social media using the resources in this pack: #BeeWell December 2023 Comms Pack. 

Read #BeeWell’s response to yesterday’s PISA Results by James Robertson, #BeeWell’s National Director, on our website here: PISA Report: #BeeWell Renews Call To Make Young People’s Wellbeing Everybody’s Business. 

 

Save the date for the next Plan-UK and #BeeWell Community of Practice – 31st January 2024  

Following the publication of our #BeeWell Briefing on participation in arts, culture and entertainment (PACE), the next session of the Plan-UK and #BeeWell GM community of practice on young people’s wellbeing will look at PACE and wellbeing! We’re excited that this next session will be a collaboration with our partners at 42nd Street. Sign-up will open soon, but for more information or to register your interest early contact rebecca.finley@plan-uk.org. 

 

Share your feedback on the future of #BeeWell in Greater Manchester 

Our learning and evaluation partner for Greater Manchester, Renaisi, will be seeking feedback on your experience of #BeeWell, which is key to understanding the impact of the programme. As they enter the final year of their evaluation in GM, there will be opportunities for partners to have their voices heard and share their thoughts. If you would like to be involved, please reach out to Konstantina, the project manager (k.mirtzani@renaisi.com). 

 

Catch-up on the latest #BeeWell publications and blogs 

  • New report from our #BeeWell Coalition Partners, The Children’s Society, surveys teachers on national wellbeing measurement in schools. They look at case studies from #BeeWell on the impact of measuring wellbeing, and the report recommends that young people’s wellbeing should be measured annually in schools. Read more: The Children’s Society Teacher’s Polling Report. 
  • National Director of #BeeWell, James Robertson, reflects on his first month in the role and working with the team: Meet #BeeWell’s National Director. 
  • #BeeWell team member Dr Jose Marquez, University of Manchester, has recently published a research paper titled: Gender and sexual identity-based inequalities in adolescent wellbeing: findings from the #BeeWell Study. Findings showed that young LGBTQ+ people routinely score lower on a wide range of wellbeing measures than their peers. It highlighted that there is an urgent need to prioritise prevention and intervention efforts that support young LGBTQ+ people’s wellbeing. To read the full paper click here. 

 

Thank you for reading!